June 14, 2024

Councilor Elmer Datuin is pushing for the institutionalization of the Search for the Natatanging Pamilyang Pilipino (NPP) to recognize and celebrate exemplary Filipino families.

The proposed program aims to acknowledge the Filipino family as the foundation of the nation, in line with constitutional and legal provisions that emphasize the importance of family in society.

It further seeks to promote and celebrate outstanding family values, resilience, and contributions to nation-building and reinforce the vital role that families play in Philippine society.

The proposed ordinance is aligned with national programs like the NPP national search led by the National Committee on Filipino Family under the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Datuin said the institutionalization of the program will encourage participation from Baguio City in national initiatives that recognize exceptional Filipino families.

The proposed ordinance states nomination submissions must include prescribed forms and supporting documents with endorsements allowed from specific organizations engaged in family-related activities.

The search will commence every April and end in May followed by validation and interviews, with the awarding scheduled for the last Monday of September during the Family Month celebration.

Through the ordinance, a validation committee will be created consisting of government offices, civil society organizations, and the local community.

The screening process for the NPP program involves a two-phase evaluation. In the initial phase, the validation committee scrutinizes nomination forms and supporting documents, assigning a significant weight of 40 percent to this documentation review.

Semi-finalists are then selected based on the completeness and compliance of their submissions, with a validation process including interviews and background checks accounting for another 40 percent of the assessment. Nominees must achieve a minimum score of 80 percent to progress to the final phase. 

In the second phase, the search committee consolidates the qualified nominees for panel interviews or site visits, which carry a substantial weight of 60 percent.

Following these interviews, the committee finalizes the selection of the winner based on scores from both the documentation review and the panel interviews. 

The winner from Baguio City will represent the city at the regional level of the NPP search.

The proposed ordinance has been approved on first reading by the city council and referred to the committee on social services, women, and urban poor for review. – Jordan G. Habbiling